NEW – 11. Writing & Reading settings – WordPress for beginners training

In the previous video, we talked about the
General Settings that can help you put a personal stamp on your website. In this video, we will look at the
Writing and Reading Settings. These settings will allow you to choose a
Default post Category and Format, adjust the settings of the RSS feed, and determine how your homepage is displayed. Click on the Settings Menu Item,
then the Writing Settings tab. And you will see the
Writing Settings Screen appear. The first setting you have here is
the Default Post Category. This setting simply allows you to pick a category
that WordPress will use by default in cases when, for example, you’ve forgotten to assign
a category to a post, or if you’ve deleted a category that already contained some posts. Click on the drop-down menu and you will see
the list of categories you already have. Right now we do not have many categories. But we will create some and show you how to
create them yourself in Module 5. The default category for this option is Uncategorized,
but of course you can change that if you want to. Next is the Default Post Format setting. Click on the menu to reveal the options. Note that you can change the Default Post
Format only if the theme you have installed supports this setting. In this case, the Twenty Nineteen theme does
not support the Default Post Format. If the theme you are using
supports it, you can choose a Default Post Format from the dropdown menu. You see that there are many different options. So, for example, if you have a blog where
you post a daily quote, you can set the Quote option as the default and have your posts appear
as quotations (as you can see in this example). Moving on to the next setting,
we see the Post via email. This option is somewhat advanced and it involves
creating a secret email account. In some cases, you may also need assistance
from your web host. These settings would also differ per case
so we will not go into the details of how to set this up right now. Finally, on this screen, there is
the Update Services setting. This setting allows you to let others know
when you post new content on your site. In the box here, there is one default URL: That is the default update service that WordPress
notifies when you have published a new post. If you click on the Update Services link above the box, you can access a list of other Ping Services. You can copy and paste them in the Update
Services box, to add them to your list if you wish to do so. If you prefer, you can also remove the default
updating service. Don’t forget to click the Save Changes button
whenever you make changes to any of the settings in this screen. Otherwise your new settings will not be saved. That’s it. We can now move on to the next tab in the
Settings – Reading. On this screen, you can choose some settings that will regulate how your posts
are displayed on your site. First, you can choose
what is displayed on your homepage. It is important to think about what you want
your visitors to see when they first open your page. If you plan to regularly publish blog posts,
then the first option, your latest posts, may be the way to go. To select that option simply click on the
Your latest posts button, and click save. If we go to the homepage of our example site,
we see that the latest posts are now displayed. Use the other setting, a static page, if
you have a key important message you want to share with your visitors. To enable this setting, you will need to choose
a page that will be displayed on your homepage, as well as a separate page where your posts
will be published. Note that you must choose different pages
for the homepage and for the posts. To be able to choose the homepage,
you will of course first need to create it. We will show you how you can create pages
and use this setting in the next module when we discuss pages and posts. For now, I have created one, just to show
you how these settings work. I will choose this page as
the Homepage. Next, I will need to choose the page where
the posts will appear. You should create a separate page for the
posts as well, for example, a page called Posts, or Blog. In this case, I will choose this one that
I’ve previously created. I click save, and let’s see what that looks
like on the site. You can now see that instead of the recent posts,
I have the ‘What is this blog about’ page displayed. The posts can be accessed via the Posts Page
in the menu, as well as the Recent Posts and Archive feature. Note that if you do not assign your posts
to a separate page, they will still be visible, but only through the other navigation features,
for example the Recent Posts or Archives. Moving on to the next setting in this screen,
where you can choose how many Blog posts per page are displayed on your site. The default option here is 10, but you can
choose to show 1 if you want to. Change the number by simply typing it into
the box here. You can also set the maximum number of posts
that will be sent out via your RSS feed and whether those feeds
will contain a full text or a summary. Finally, the last setting in this screen is
related to the Search Engine Visibility. This setting prevents search engines, like
Google, for example, from indexing your site. If your purpose for setting up a website is
to reach a wide audience, then you should leave this box unticked. If however, for whatever reason, you want
your website to be private, do tick this box. By selecting this setting, normal visitors
with access to your webpage link will still be able to visit your site. But the search engine bots will have a harder
time finding it, and so it will also be harder to share it with the public. We’ll explain more about this
in a later module about WordPress SEO. It is also important to note, as it is stated
here, that even if you have this option enabled, it is up to the search engines
to respect the request. Now that we went through all the settings
in the Reading Settings screen, we can continue to the next tab – the Discussion. Before we do, do not forget to always save
any changes you made.

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